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Major advances in creating linear measures in education and the social sciences, particularly in regard to Rasch measurement, have occurred in the past 15 years, along with major advances in computer power. These have been combined so that the Rasch Unidimensional Measurement Model (RUMM) and the WINSTEPS computer programs now do statistical calculations and produce graphical outputs with very fast switching times. These programs help researchers produce unidimensional, linear scales from which valid inferences can be made by calculating person measures and item difficulties on the same linear scale, with supporting evidence. These computer programs are now available to all Learning Environment researchers. This book includes 13 Learning Environment research papers using Rasch measurement applied at the forefront of education with an international flavour. The contents of the papers relate to: (1) high stakes numeracy testing in Western Australia; (2) early English literacy in New South Wales; (3) the Indonesian Scholastic Aptitude Test; (4) validity in Learning Environment investigations; (5) factors influencing the take-up of Physics in Singapore; (6) state-wide authentic assessment for Years 11-12; (7) talented and gifted student perceptions of the learning environment; (8) disorganisation in the classroom; (9) psychological services in learning environments; (10) English teaching assistant roles in Hong Kong; (11) learning Japanese as a second language; (12) engagement in classroom learning; and (13) early cognitive development in children. This book would be of interest to all educators and educational administrators, to Learning Environment researchers and PhD students, and should be available in all university libraries where the universities have education schools or faculties. –Russell Waugh-
Author Biographies; Preface; SECTION ONE: THE UTILITY OF RASCH MEASUREMENT FOR THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT; 1 The Utility of Rasch Measurement for Learning Environments Research Robert F. Cavanagh (Curtin University of Technology) and Russell F. Waugh (Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia); SECTION TWO: ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT; 2. High Stakes State-Wide Testing of the Learning Environment Outcomes: The Case of Numeracy Jessica M. Elderfield and Russell F. Waugh (Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University); 3. A Rasch Analysis of the Astronaut Invented Spelling Test: The Early Literacy Learning Environment for Young Children Roslyn Neilson (University of Wollongong), Russell F. Waugh and Deslea Konza (Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University); 4. Applying a Rasch Model Distractor Analysis: Implications for Teaching and Learning Asrijanty Asril (Center for Educational Assessment, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia) and Ida Marais (Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia); 5. Establishing the Validity of Rating Scale Instrumentation in Learning Environment Investigations Rob F. Cavanagh (School of Education, Curtin University of Technology); 6. Rasch Modelling of a Scale that Explores the Take-Up of Physics Among School Students from the Perspective of Teachers Pey-Tee Oon and R. Subramaniam (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University); 7. Comparative Pairs Marking Supports Authentic Assessment of Practical Performance Within Constructivist Learning Environments Paul Newhouse (Edith Cowan University); 8. A Rasch Measurement of Disorganisation: Assessing a Commonly Mentioned but Rarely Examined Factor Affecting School Performance Rebecca Walker, Sarah Hopkins and Stephen Houghton (Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia); SECTION THREE: PERCEPTIONS OF THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT; 9. The Gifted Classroom Satisfaction Questionnaire: A Rasch Instrument Emma Tomkinson and Stephen Humphry (Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia); 10. An Investigation of Differential Need for Psychological Services Across Learning Environments Adrian Young and Robert F. Cavanagh (Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia); 11. Evaluating Tertiary Students’ Perceptions of the English Teaching Assistants’ Role in Teaching and Learning: A Rasch Analysis Sivanes Phillipson (Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptists University); SECTION FOUR: COGNITION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT; 12. Secondary School Students’ Engagement in Learning Japanese as a Second Language Yuko Asano-Cavanagh and Robert F. Cavanagh (Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia); 13. The Engagement in Classroom Learning of Years 10 and 11 Western Australian Students Penelope Kennish and Robert F. Cavanagh (Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia); 14. Measuring Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Learning Environments Claire Maley and Trevor G. Bond (School of Education, James Cook University, Queensland); Index.